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Questions tagged [lightning]

For questions referring to atmospheric electricity. This can be referring to the atmospheric electricity that presents itself usually closely with storms and thunder.

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How could a lightning magic user fly?

My first post on Worldbuilding, hello all! So my question is what could be some interesting logic or thoughts behind having a lightning magic user being able to fly? To quote another user who wanted ...
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How can I ensure my Evil Tower is always stormy?

It's been a good year for me as an Evil Overlord. Lots of princess kidnapping turned into sizable ransoms, several of my Doomsday Devices were sold for high prices at auction, and my Minions have been ...
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The opposite of lightning or force used as a weapon, what could it be? [closed]

WHAT IS THE OPPOSITE OF LIGHTNING? If there was a sword that controls lighting, what would its elemental opposite be? The idea is that one is positive and one is negative. One pulls electricity from ...
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What would the benefits be for augmenting a sword with electricity, lightning, or something of the like? [closed]

I’m mostly looking for if it would cut better, but anything helps.
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Harvesting lightning from within the thunderstorm with a Faraday Cage

Lightning is abundant in some places in Earth. Attempts had been made it collect it. Laser triggered lightning below is the closest attempt. By the time it reaches the ground most of the power ...
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Building a drone for gas giant flight: Lightning considerations

A previous question's answer established that naturally occurring positrons could be gathered through positron-emitting isotopes. I've started looking into means that these isotopes could be gathered ...
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Storms in Space

By request, these are the two previous questions in this "series": Low Voltage Lightning and Alien Nitrogen How To Make Lightning I recently asked a question about lightning storms on planets. One ...
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How To Make Lightning

I am writing a sci-fi setting with space travel. In this there is an alien world important enough to require that I put thought into the ecosystem. Unfortunately, due to plot reasons, the usual ...
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What happens if two lightning bolts collide?

I'm writing a high fantasy story in which two characters, one a protagonist and the other an antagonist, happen to be capable of shooting lightning bolts. So I was wondering... what would plausibly ...
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What are short-term defenses against massive elegtromagnetic disruption?

A society comparable (in resources, technology, economics and politics) to present day Earth is gearing up for war. There is a weapon which causes massive, widespread electromagnetic disruption. Like ...
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Would lightning strike a flying island?

Looking for someone with meteorology/physics knowledge to help with this one. Let's say I've got an island that floats in the sky--nothing special, these are a staple of fantasy these days. For ...
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Ideas for a hero using lightning to incapacitate captors - on a ship in the middle of an electrical storm [closed]

I think it's mostly in the title - but I have my team of 'good guys' who come across an enemy ship in a mother of an electrical storm. They will get captured by the bad guys, but I would like the hero ...
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How to make exomoon lightning storms

I have a terrestrial moon that I would like to have spectacular and frequent lightning storms. What atmospheric compositions and conditions could cause this? Tools The moon orbits a 21 earth-mass ...
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How would the terrain of a desert be impacted by abnormally-frequent lightning strikes?

As usual, another interesting scientific question, taken from /r/worldbuilding. Would it mean any difference for a desert, where the amount of threatened objects is so low? Or would it form the ...
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Could a weapon utilize artificial lightning? [duplicate]

We all know how lightning works: The clouds have a strong static charge and release that charge towards the ground. But could it be used as a weapon? Would a weapon of the following description work? ...
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Lightning-Powered Renaissance Golem Army

The massive Golems are nearly impervious to harm. Thanks to the New Golem Army, the nascent Dutch Republic's castles and forts are now safe from harm. The century-long external threat has been finally ...
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Is it possible to have lightning create complicated fulgurite geometry above ground on a magnetically active world?

Hanorane (han-or-a-ney) is a moon with a dynamic surface covered in charged sand particles that drift in massive rivers suspended by electrostatic levitation. The only solid ground is the worn and ...
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Breathing lightning

This question is partly a nod to the current fortnightly challenge. In many fantasy settings and resources, there are creatures capable of, or described as, breathing lightning. How might a creature ...
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Lighting striking full plate — what’s the damage to the wearer?

I have a knight fighting a dragon with an electric breath weapon, I'm wondering what would actually happen when the knight was struck by the weapon, assuming it has the power of a 'regular' lightning ...
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Polarity of a planet's lightning strikes reversed?

On Earth, the planet itself is negatively charged and the clouds are positively charged, causing lightning to travel from the clouds to the surface. While there are significantly smaller wisps of ...